RedRover steps in to encourage potential tipsters to come forward
Knights Landing, CA (June 7, 2013) – RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based in Sacramento, California, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and arraignment of whoever killed and decapitated two dogs.
On Thursday, June 6, Yolo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in Knights Landing where they found the decapitated and disemboweled body of a Chihuahua inside a car parked on the driveway. This was the second time that the horrific remains of a dog had been discovered on the property. Although not previously reported, two weeks ago the head of a different dog, a terrier, was found inside a boat parked at the home. Only the owners of the Chihuahua have been found at this time.
“The Sheriff’s office is saddened by these incidents and would appreciate anyone with information about these animal cruelty crimes coming forward,” said Vicky Fletcher, Chief Animal Services Officer with Yolo County Sheriff’s Office.
“We hope our reward will encourage someone who knows more about these horrifying acts of animal cruelty to come forward with information that could solve this crime and make the community safer,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Violence toward animals is often a precursor to violence toward people, so Knights Landing residents have a stake in seeing that whoever committed this illegal act is punished to the full extent of the law.”
A study conducted by the Massachusetts SPCA and Northeastern University showed that people who abuse animals are five times more likely commit violence against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes, and three times more likely to be involved in drunken or disorderly offenses.
RedRover pledges rewards around the country to encourage witnesses to step forward with information about animal cruelty crimes and to highlight the need for harsher punishments in such cases.
Founded in 1987, RedRover focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. The RedRover Readers program aims to prevent animal cruelty before it happens through its unique community-based literacy approach, which helps children increase their level of empathy for people and pets through stories and discussion. The next online training for teachers and other educators begins October 19. Learn more about RedRover and its programs at www.RedRover.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: Susie Robert 916.429.2457
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